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Police said a man may have been high on methamphetamine and suffering from an unspecified “mental condition” when he allegedly fired several gunshots into the air Thursday night at a Wal-Mart parking lot in north Eugene.

Officers learned shortly after 9:30 p.m. that shots were being fired in the parking lot outside the store at 1040 Green Acres Road. The man ran into a wooded area before officers arrived and surrounded the lot, police said. 

A police dog eventually helped officers take the alleged shooter — identified as Joshua Damon Abdon — into custody.

He was being held Friday in the Lane County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct, methamphetamine possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Abdon, 31, allegedly used a .45-caliber handgun to fire seven shots at lights used to illuminate the store’s parking lot, police Sgt. Ryan Molony said.

“His statements weren’t too detailed,” Molony said. “He said he was basically shooting out the lights.” 

None of the lights were actually hit by gunfire, and it was unclear whether any other property was damaged, Molony said.

In addition to the gun, Abdon was in possession of several full magazines and additional ammunition, police said.

A police spokeswoman said she did not know where Abdon had obtained the gun and ammunition.

Police said Wal-Mart employees heard the gunfire and kept the store’s doors locked until officers deemed the area safe.

A woman who was with Abdon in the parking lot was arrested on warrants in unrelated criminal cases. Police identified her as Brittney Lorraine Richards, 27.



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